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“Simple but enjoyable” 5 of 5 stars
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  |   725 Higashi Shiokoji-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8216, Kyoto Prefecture (Shimogyo-ku)   |  
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Ranked #98 of 343 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Shipley, West Yorskshire, UK
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137 reviews
105 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 223 helpful votes
“Simple but enjoyable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

We stayed here as part of a guided tour. Unusually for a small ryokan we had ensuite facilities. The ryokan is extremely well located just a short walk from Kyoto station, but in a quiet street. We particularly enjoyed the Japanese breakfasts that were some of the best we had during our stay.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

when we arrived here we were a little early for checking in but there was no staff around! luckily there was another guest who was sat in the reception who advised us they had popped out. we hung around for a little while and they appeared not long after. we were greeted by who i presume was Grandad, who spoke a small amount of english but was very friendly. he showed us to our room which was quite small but just big enough for sleeping and eating. the bathroom was also quite small but the shower was super fast. there was also a private onsen which was the family bath but if you ask them they will get set up for you. the yutaka they provide was incredibly starched! nice location from the station, not bad at all

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Kyoto is a very large city, so finding a ryokan like this was a real coup. The location is fantastic, primarily because it's a five-minute walk from Kyoto Station. That's key not only if you're trying to get to the train for the airport or just to get around for sightseeing, There are also lots of things to do and see within walking distance, including places to eat. There's a comfortable sitting room and the Japanese-style room we stayed in was spacious and also had a private bathroom. The staff were very friendly and the breakfast was incredible (extra charge).

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

This Ryokan is perfectly located about 5 minutes walk from Kyoto Station, yet it is quiet. The Japanese breakfast was delicious and the rooms spacious. Very friendly staff. Everywhere is within walking distance, from Gion to the Nishiki markets. And plenty of restaurants to Kyoto Station. For those wanting to do laundry there's a coin laundry just 5 minutes walk away. Definitely recommended. One thing to remember though, the place only take cash payments (no credit cards) but there is a 7-11 atm (ask the yodobashi camera reception for details) that takes international cards.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

Our experience in Heianbo was really great! It feels very much lived in, and the staff makes you feel well taken care of! I would stay there again if I had the chance to go back!

Location was perfect as well; it's easy to access from Kyoto Station, but despite its prime location, it was really quiet.

The Japanese breakfast was light but really filling, and as authentic as it gets. They cook it fresh every morning, apparently, and it was really good!

Consider Heianbo as your home in Kyoto!

Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Phoenix, AZ
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15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Heianbo. Easy 5 min. walk from Kyoto Station, We stayed in 2 Japanese style rooms, and both were tastefully decorated and large for Japan. Bedding was clean and comfortable. Owners spoke some English, but tried to help as much as they could. Very accommodating. Wi-fi does not work in back, but good in the front. Only reason 4 stars is because smoking is allowed in the lobby. Otherwise, excellent stay.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

I stayed in four ryokans during my trip to Japan and this was by far the best. The Japanese-style room was large and the en-suite was cute and cosy. The ryokan was decorated with lovely statues and traditional Japanese items. I was allowed to leave my suitcase in the lobby the date of checkout whilst I went exploring the city, which was very handy. I collected my case when I was due to leave Kyoto. Staff were very friendly and the whole ryokan was pristine. I will definitely be staying here again when I visit Kyoto in the future.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 725 Higashi Shiokoji-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8216, Kyoto Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Shimogyo-ku , Kyoto Station
Hotel Style:
#50 Top resorts Hotel in Kyoto
Hotel Class:1 star — Ryokan Heianbo 1*
Number of rooms: 20
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